Breast Cancer and The Diet

By: Dylan Rodgers

Can certain foods cause cancer?  It seems that every time I watch the news some new thing like Styrofoam in the microwave or too much Equal causes cancer.  The further we delve into cancer research, the more we realize the links between our depreciating condition and the foods we eat.  In the same respect, we also have found certain foods that not only help reduce the chance of getting cancer, some literally reduce the size of tumors in cancer treatment.

In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to understand how our diet can play a major role in the fight against cancer.

According to breastcancer.org, 30 to 40 percent of all cancer is caused by an unhealthy diet.  No specific foods can be targeted as the culprits, but over the years of study, they have found that breast cancer is much less abundant in countries where people have a plant-based diet.  In fact getting a variety of fresh fruits and vegetable in your diet gives your body the best chance of staying healthy.  One thing we do know:  calories play a role in cancer risk.  Excess fat makes estrogen, which in turn causes breast cell growth.  This means that excess estrogen due to an unhealthy diet can dramatically raise your chances of getting breast cancer.

Having a nutrient rich diet of vegetables and fruits makes a huge difference in the fight against cancer.  The following is just a few reasons why a plant-based diet is so important.

For a more complete list of cancer fighting, health boosting foods, click here.

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Get Fit For Summer: Can Changes In Diet Cure Cancer?

Get Fit For Summer!

It's May at last, which means we're only one month away from summer! Today is the first day of our month-long series: Get Fit for summer! Check back daily for recipes, tips, guides, and how-tos great for getting you on track to summer fitness. Whether it's a guide to healthy foods, a trail mix for a fun hike, or biodegradable picnic supplies for your picnic adventures, there will be a new post on the site every day of May! Enjoy our first of the month below.

Can changes in diet cure cancer? The scientific jury's still out on this complex set of diseases. Yet, certain foods help neutralize toxins and possess anti-inflammatory properties. These "anti-cancer" foods just might help you live a longer, healthier life.

1. Green tea: Filled with a type of antioxidant called "polyphenols," green tea is a great alternative to coffee. As opposed to black teas, green tea is unfermented, which means that those free radical killing polyphenols are left intact. For more coffee alternatives, check out this list.

2. Ginger: A powerful anti-inflammatory, ginger root is a beautiful addition to salads, stir-fries, or your cup of green tea. This stir-fry recipe is a good opportunity to flex your ginger muscles. For ginger in your morning smoothie, make an Avocado Banana Smoothie, which gets a kick from grated ginger.

3. Salmon: With its high omega-3 fatty acid content, salmon is a good anti-inflammatory protein choice. Those fatty acids have also been demonstrated to slow tumor growth, too. Try this grilled salmon sandwich recipe for a cancer-fighting lunch.

4. Berries: Like green tea, berries have lots of polyphenols, including anthocyanidins. With their high content of anthocyanins, blueberries are great choice for smoothies. Try folding them into a hot bowl of oatmeal and top with a drizzle of maple syrup for a morning take on a fruit crumble.

5. Dark chocolate: Look for more than 70% cocoa content-that means you're getting a huge dose of antioxidants in a single square, equivalent to a cup of green tea. One square is a perfect after-meal treat. Or, if you're making a dessert for a party, make an upside-down pear chocolate cake is a healthy way to get your antioxidants.